Edaa Outstanding Dissertation Award 2012 Presidential Candidates

Temporal Politics of the Future: National Latino Civil Rights Advocacy, Demographic Statistics, and the ‘Browning’ of America.

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Employing mixed methods (qualitative interviews, media content analysis, and participant observation), Rodriguez-Muñiz’s dissertation focuses on five national Latino civil rights organizations and their leaders. In doing so, he reveals how demographic ‘facts’ about Latina/o population growth are constructed, the classificatory wars waged around this process, and how Latinas/os attempt to translate this demographic knowledge into political influence. His field work covers approximately five significant years in the recent political history of Latina/o advocacy and mobilization, beginning with the planning for the 2010 census and ending in the post-2012 election period. The first empirical chapter focuses on the politics of consent, driven in large part by Latina/o advocates surrounding the conceptualization of the “Latino demographic” used in the 2010 census. Recognizing that census data represent the potential for political recognition, Rodriguez-Muñiz astutely frames this process as consent building bracketed by the politics of desire. The second empirical chapter examines the framing of the results from the 2010 census by mainstream media, both in terms of “present” demographic change and future predictions of the same.  The chapter convincingly argues that media outlets, without employing explicitly racist or xenophobic language nonetheless contributed to what Rodriguez-Muñiz terms “demographobia”, or racialized fear of demographic change. In response, Latina/o advocacy groups attempted to reframe the seemingly explosive growth of the Latina/o population as a benefit to the U.S. as opposed to a threat, engaging in “Latino spin” to portray the group in the most palatable, non-threatening manner. The third and final empirical chapter focuses on the 2012 presidential election and how Latina/o advocates, armed with census data, used specific statistics to demonstrate the political power of the group as a voting block in that election and future elections.  While the claims behind the power of the Latina/o vote in deciding the 2012 election were eventually somewhat undermined by post-election statistics, demographic projections of Latina/o population growth continue to exert a strong influence on ideas surrounding the political influence of the group. 

This dissertation is timely given both the current, racially charged presidential election of 2016, and that the U.S. Census Bureau is considering changes to how Latinas/os will be “counted” in 2020. It also provides two important theoretical contributions to the discipline. First is the articulation of “temporal politics” – Rodriguez-Muñiz’s original concept of political action driven by demographics. Second is the advancement of the analytical tool, “racial projects.” This work, solidly situated in the tradition of the sociology of knowledge, is likely to influence how sociologists and political scientists alike understand processes of racial and ethnic identity formation, Latina/o social movements, and Latina/o political action.

Rodriguez-Muñiz completed this work at Brown University under the supervision of Gianpaolo Baiocchi, José Itzigsohn, Michael Kennedy, and Anne Morning. He currently joined the sociology faculty of Northwestern University.

Design automation has gained widespread acceptance by the VLSI circuits and systems design community. Advancement in computer-aided design (CAD) methodologies, algorithms, and tools has become increasingly important to cope with the rapidly growing design complexity, higher performance and low-power requirements, and shorter time-to-market demands. To encourage innovative, ground-breaking research in the area of electronic design automation, the ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) has established an ACM award to be given each year to an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation that makes the most substantial contribution to the theory and/or application in the field of electronic design automation.
 
The award consists of a certificate and a check for $1,000 and is presented at the Design Automation Conference, which is held in June/July of each year. The award is selected by a committee of experts from academia and industry in the field and appointed by ACM in consultation with the SIGDA Chair.
 
Deadline: November 30th of each year
 
Nomination requirements: Each department of any university may nominate at most two Ph.D. dissertations whose final submission date is between July 1st of the previous year and June 30th of the current year. Each nomination package must be emailed by November 30 and should consists of:

  1. The PDF file of the Ph.D. dissertation. If the nominated Ph.D. dissertation is not written in English, an English translation of the entire dissertation must be included in the nomination package.
  2. A statement (up to two pages) from the nominee explaining the significance and major contributions of the work.
  3. A nomination letter from nominee's department chair or dean of the school endorsing the application.
  4. Optionally, up to three letters of recommendation from experts in the field. These letters may be included in the nomination package or sent separately to the address below.

The nomination materials should be emailed to opda@acm.org (Subject: ACM Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in EDA).
 

Past Awardees

  • 2017 Jeyavijayan Rajendran, for the dissertation "Trustworthy Integrated Circuit Design," New York University. Advisor: Ramesh Karri.
  • 2016 Zheng Zhang, for the dissertation "Uncertainty Quantification for Integrated Circuits and Microelectromechanical Systems," Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Advisor: Luca Daniel.
  • 2015 Wenchao Li, for the dissertation "Specification Mining: New Formalisms, Algorithms and Applications," University of California at Berkeley. Advisor: Sanjit Seshia
  • 2014 Wangyang Zhang, for the dissertation "IC Spatial Variation Modeling: Algorithms and Applicaitons," Carnegie Mellon University. Advisors: Xin Li and Rob Rutenbar
  • 2013 Duo Ding, for the dissertation "CAD for Nanolithography and Nanophotonics," University of Texas at Austin. Advisor: David Z. Pan
  • 2013 Guojie Luo, for the dissertation "Placement and Design Planning for 3D integrated Circuits," UCLA. Advisor: Jason Cong
  • 2012 Tan Yan, for the dissertation "Algorithmic Studies on PCB Routing," defended with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2011 Nishant Patil, for the dissertation "Design and Fabrication of Imperfection-Immune Carbon Nanotube Digital VLSI Circuits," Stanford University.
  • 2010 Himanshu Jain, for the dissertation "Verification using Satisfiability Checking, Predicate Abstraction, and Craig Interpolation," Carnegie Mellon University.
  • 2009 Kai-Hui Chang for the dissertation "Functional Design Error Diagnosis, Correction and Layout Repair of Digital Circuits", defended with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA.
  • 2008 No award is given this year.
  • 2007 No award is given this year.
  • 2006 Haifeng Qian of University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for the thesis entitled "Stochastic and Hybrid Linear Equation Solvers and their Applications in VLSI Design Automation"
  • 2005 Shuvendu Lahiri of Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for a thesis entitled "Unbounded System Verification using Decision Procedure and Predicate Abstraction"
  • 2004 Chao Wang of University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Electrical Engineering, for a thesis entitled "Abstraction Refinement for Large Scale Model Checking"
  • 2003 Luca Daniel of University of California, Berkeley Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for a thesis entitled "Simulation and modeling techniques for signal integrity and electromagnetic interference on high frequency electronic systems,"
  • 2003 Lintao Zhang of Princeton University Department of Electrical Engineering for a thesis entitled "Searching for truth: techniques for satisfiability of Boolean formulas."
  • 2002 No awards were given in this year.
  • 2001 Darko Kirovski from University of California, Los Angeles Department of Computer Science for a thesis entitled "Constraint Manipulation Techniques for Synthesis and Verification of Embedded Systems." The runner-up who received an honorable mention in that years ceremony was Michael Beattie of Carnegie Mellon University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for a thesis entitled "Efficient Electromagnetic Modeling for Giga-scale IC Interconnect." 
  • 2000 Robert Brent Jones of Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering for a thesis entitled "Applications of Symbolic Simulation To the Formal Verification of Microprocessors."

 

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